The Guitarist Freddie Mercury Was Obsessed With
Today’s world can be defined as the realm of idols, thanks to the significant influence of social media on the current generation. It’s so easy to find your inspiration while scrolling down on different platforms nowadays. A musician, painter, actor, entertainer, or social media influencer can have a massive impact on many people. While the media platforms were different then, the youth used to discover the artists they would take as an example even years before Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Music enthusiasts bought records and went to their idols’ concerts to see them instead of watching their Instagram stories. Moreover, fans were eager to wear and look exactly like them. Therefore, the bands’ and musicians’ styles became a cultural phenomenon for that era’s youth. Some even started to pursue a professional musical career, and the late Queen icon Freddie Mercury belonged to this category. Let’s find out the singer’s most significant influence.
Who Was Freddie Mercury’s Idol?
When the guitarist Jimi Hendrix reached his highest popularity and fame with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Farrokh Bulsara was a graphic art and design student years before becoming Queen’s Freddie Mercury. This young man was a huge Hendrix fan and so obsessed with him that there was a photo of Hendrix in his bedroom mirror.
In addition, Mercury wanted to be a famous and extraordinary guitarist like Hendrix, but he realized that he couldn’t perform as the late musician did. Therefore, he focused on playing piano and singing. Also, he never stopped following Hendrix wherever he went for his concerts. He even drew a picture of Hendrix and dressed like him for a photo shoot. These can be regarded as the main proofs of his dedication and admiration for the rock and roll icon.
What Did Freddie Mercury Say About Jimi Hendrix?
The singer revealed these exclusive details about his teenage years in one of his previous interviews that were revived by Express UK, saying that Hendrix was a unique showman and musician. Freddie Mercury highlighted that Hendrix embodied a rock star with his style, and he described him as his idol. Unfortunately, two musicians died before they could find a chance to jam or create music together.
Here’s what Mercury said about Hendrix:
“Jimi Hendrix was just a beautiful man, a master showman, and a dedicated musician. I would scour the country to see him whenever he played because he had everything any rock’n’roll star should have; all the style and presence.
He didn’t have to force anything. He’d make an entrance, and the whole place would be on fire. He was living out everything I wanted to be. Hendrix is very important. He’s my idol. He sort of epitomizes, with his presentation on stage, the whole works of a rock star.”
Furthermore, the Queen frontman wanted to pay tribute to the iconic guitarist on the band’s thirteenth studio album entitled ‘The Miracle,’ released on May 22, 1989. In the album’s song of the same, Mercury named Hendrix as a wonder and miracle of this world. Thus, ‘The Miracle’ was a meaningful song for the longtime dedicated Hendrix fans, considering how Mercury made him a part of Queen’s legacy.
You can check out the song below.